Government needs to urgently clean up the payroll of ghosts

The existence of ghost workers on the government payroll is something common in most African governments, but in South Sudan it seems deeply entrenched

The existence of ghost workers on the government payroll is something common in most African governments, but in South Sudan it seems deeply entrenched.

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ruben Madol Arol on Wednesday admitted the existence of ghost workers on the government payroll, and this should call for speedy action to investigate the existence of these anonymous people.

The excessive resources being spent on paying ghost workers could be saved to build hospitals, schools and also improve salaries of the organized forces that are poorly paid.

The ministry of public service needs to conduct internal audit by either hiring a private audit firm to undertake this work without conflict of interest.

Nobody could be surprised to hear that some high ranking military officers or their corrupt counterparts in the civil service have some of their dead friends or relatives on the government payroll.

This has been enabled by years of massive corruption with impunity and the conflict that broke out in December 2013.

The introduction of the biometric payment system is commendable, but an audit needs to be first undertaken before it’s roll out.

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